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Old 06-16-2016, 07:00 PM
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I think I have a shingles outbreak on my lower back and around my hip towards my stomach on the left side. Everything I've read says it's common in elderly people and those with compromised immune systems or other health issues.

However, I'm a mid-20 year old male. I'm also in good health, fit, etc. Has anyone else had this happen or know someone who had this happen?
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Yes, it can happen to anyone of any age. Contact your doctor ASAP, or even consider going to an Urgent Care Center if one is open near you.

Early treatment can speed healing and reduce the risk of persistent pain.
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:48 PM
 
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My cousin had it when she was in her mid-20's. Stress is also a big contributor.

Yup, get to a doctor and get early treatment- you'll be thankful later.
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Old 06-16-2016, 07:51 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Yep, my otherwise healthy son had an outbreak in his early twenties, very painful.
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Old 06-16-2016, 08:22 PM
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Huh, well thanks for all the input. I'll go to urgent care tomorrow morning and see if they can diagnose and treat it, assuming that's it.

So far I have some rash like pain, a few blisters on my back, and some muscle aches/joint soreness in that area. Makes sitting in dress clothes at work no fun!
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:24 AM
 
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Huh, well thanks for all the input. I'll go to urgent care tomorrow morning and see if they can diagnose and treat it, assuming that's it.

So far I have some rash like pain, a few blisters on my back, and some muscle aches/joint soreness in that area. Makes sitting in dress clothes at work no fun!
You should check with your doctor to see if you should stay home. Shingles can be contagious to those who are not immune to chicken pox.

Shingles Causes - Mayo Clinic
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Shingles can only be spread by contact with the blisters, though. If it can be covered it would be all right to go to work, if the OP can tolerate the pain.
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I got shingles when I was 53....too young for the vaccine! BUT...I headed for the doctor right away and we nipped it in the bud with anti-viral medications. It was quite sore for about 3 weeks, but no lingering effects!
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:08 PM
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I went to the urgent care today and got the anti-viral prescription for it plus prednisone. Not taking the prednisone for now bc the side-effects scare me and the pain isn't that bad (yet).

And fortunately it's on my lower back and side, so I can keep it totally covered.

Still weird to get it at my age, but I used it's not as rare as I thought.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:16 PM
 
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I went to the urgent care today and got the anti-viral prescription for it plus prednisone. Not taking the prednisone for now bc the side-effects scare me and the pain isn't that bad (yet).

And fortunately it's on my lower back and side, so I can keep it totally covered.

Still weird to get it at my age, but I used it's not as rare as I thought.
I would suggest taking the prednisone. The blast you get for just a few days is unlikely to cause serious side effects. The goal is to reduce the inflammation along the nerves.
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